CNN's UGC News Service, iReport, Launches UGC Short Film Competition

CNN's user-generated news service, iReport, has launched a
user-generated short film competition.
Entitled the iReport Film
Festival, the competition invites voters to document this year's US
presidential campaign from their personal vantage point, whether they
are volunteering for one of the campaigns or simply have compelling
stories about the election that they want to document creatively. "CNN
was the first network to launch user-generated news coverage, with
iReport, and then pioneered its integration into political coverage
beginning with last year's groundbreaking CNN/YouTube presidential
debates," Jon Klein, president of CNN US, said in a prepared
statement. "We remain committed to empowering Americans with the
ability to engage directly with other viewers and voters, and we look
forward to showcasing the raw, first-hand accounts from the campaign
trail captured by the iReport.com community."

In order to submit videos, aspiring filmmakers go to
www.iReport.com/filmfestival, where, in addition to uploading their
entries, they can see other viewers' submissions. Entrants must be at
least 14 years of age, and their films must be no longer than eight
minutes. The deadline for submitting entries is October 12th. Each
Tuesday leading up to the November 13th announcement of the
competition's winners, one of the submitted videos will be featured on
the show, "Anderson Cooper 360." In addition, submissions will be
showcased on the Headline News shows, "Morning Express with Robin
Meade" (Wednesday mornings), "Showbiz Tonight" (Friday evenings),
and "News to Me" (weekends). 20 finalists will be selected by a
committee composed of CNN producers, viewers who have previously
submitted iReports, and students from high schools and film schools
across the US. The 20 finalists--who will be announced on November
13th on "Anderson Cooper 360"--will then be posted on CNN.com, and
visitors to the site will vote to determine the winner of a CNN
Audience Award. The finalists will also be judged by a panel of TV
and film industry professionals for a Grand Jury Award. The winners of
the two awards will be invited to Washington, DC to shoot another film
during the January 20th presidential inauguration for possible broadcast
on CNN.